The future for the proposed six story apartment building at 1801 W. Grace Street in North Center appears to be uncertain. Residents echoed their concerns and voiced complaints about traffic and congestion at last week's public meeting, according to a DNAinfo reporter who attended the meeting. The developer has requested a zoning change for the project which is planned for a parcel of vacant land on Grace Street and Ravenswood Avenue, wedged in between the CTA and Metra tracks. Prior to the meeting, area residents flocked to online forums and our comment section to discuss the proposed development, with many displaying lukewarm reactions.
Despite being next to pubic transit and a stone's throw from parks and shopping, most of the concern stems from a recent influx of traffic due to the Trader Joe's on Lincoln Ave., which sits literally around the corner from this site of the proposed development. To ease concerns about congestion and vehicle traffic, the building's architect reiterated that the development plans to create 66 parking spaces. However, residents appeared to be unmoved by this inclusion as the focus of the meeting turned from the zoning change for the development to the dissatisfaction with the Trader Joe's congestion. If the zoning change is not granted the developer may ultimately choose to scrap the proposal for a residential building and move forward with a plan to utilize the space for manufacturing.